My Top Ten and Heisman List

My Top Ten
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
4. Oregon
5. Nebraska
6. Oklahoma
7. Florida
8. TCU
9. Stanford
10. Auburn

Oregon’s defense got torched on Saturday and was fortunate enough to win. They did force 7 turnovers but also allowed 597 yards of offense (210 on the ground). Not a good sign for them. So, I move Boise State up to #3 because they have consistently played sound defense. Oregon could move back to the #3 spot with a win over Stanford this Saturday.

The biggest movers are Stanford and Auburn. Auburn responded for the second week in a row in a thrilling comeback win at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Stanford cruised past Notre Dame in South Bend and we’ll see if they will continue to be a contender as they face Oregon this Saturday.

Heisman Race

1. Denard Robinson, MICH, QB
–One of the most dynamic and explosive players in college football right now. He put up 189 yards of total offense and scored 2 TDs in just 9 plays for Michigan last Saturday. He left the game due to injury.

Passing Stats
57/80, 71.3%, 731 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Stats
79 att., 688 yards*, 8.7 average, 6 TD

2. Terrelle Pryor, OSU, QB
–Pryor scored 6 TDs (4 passing, 1 rushing, 1 receiving) and racked up 348 total yards while completing 77% of his passes in the Buckeyes 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan.

Passing Stats
71/107. 66.4%, 939 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Stats
43 att., 269 yards, 6.3 average, 3 TD

3. Cam Newton, AUB, QB
–Newton has taken over games in the 2nd half for the Tigers, carrying them to victory. Newton completed 76% of his passes against South Carolina and threw 2 TDs. He also ran for 176 yards on 25 carries with 3 TDs. Three of his five TDs came in the 2nd half, including the go ahead score.
2nd Half Stats vs USC:  9/12 85 yards, 2 TDs, 16 carr., 79 yards, 1 TD, 7 1st downs

Passing Stats
43/68, 63.2%. 683 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT

Rushing Stats
75 att., 485 yards, 6.5 average, 5 TD

4. Mark Ingram, ALA, RB
–The defending Heisman Trophy winner finds himself back on the board even after missing two games. Ingram rushed for 157 yards and 2 TDs on 24 carries in the Tide’s 24-20 win over Arkansas. He carried the ball in six of Alabama’s last seven plays.

Rushing Stats

33 att., 308 yards, 9.3 average, 4 TD

5. Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB/RET
–The Junior defensive back has been a key component in LSUs victories this season. Last week he returned a punt for a touchdown and blocked a kick in their 20-14 win over WVU.

2010 Stats

12 tackles, 2 INT, 1 Blocked Kick, 15 Ret., 443 yards, 2 TD

* Player is leading the nation in this category

Darkhorse: Colin Kaepernick, NEV, QB

Nevada QB, Colin Kaepernick

–This darkhorse candidate has quietly put up ridiculous numbers at the quarterback position year in and year out averaging 2,358.6 yards passing per year, 968.7 yards rushing per year and 33.3 total touchdowns per year. He has helped Nevada to a 4-0 record and a spot at #25 in the latest rankings. Kaepernick put up modest numbers against BYU last week.
16/25, 196 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 17 carr., 82 yards, 1 TD

Passing Stats
73/106, 68.9%, 924 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Stats
56 att., 451 yards, 8.1 average, 8 TD

Dropped Out: Ryan Mallett, ARK
–With a 3 INT performance at home against Alabama, it’s safe to say that Mallett is off the board for now.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below. You can e-mail me suggestions or questions at jtmcadams@aol.com. Follow me on Twitter @JoeSportswriter.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeffro on October 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    The only reason I think you’re right about your placement of Cam vs. Mark is because Mark’s only played 2 games. I dunno man, Cam’s been pretty rough against Miss St and Clemson, although they pulled out the win. In the air: 9 tds, 3 ints.. 3:1 ratio? Not heisman quality.. Just using the last QB to win it as a relative benchmark: Tebow, in the air, was 30 TDs to 4 INTs.

    I mean, I say 3 or 4 more interceptions, which I figure will definitely come with what..8 games left, and his passing stats wont be par with previous heisman winners. On top of all that, I dont think he holds a candle to Denard. Plus, if Mark keeps up his trend, running the way he has been, against Florida, then he’s right back in the mix up top.

    So, for this week, yeah, I can agree with your list. I think this list will flip upside down in 2-3 weeks time (with the exception of Denard. Dude seems pretty nasty so far…I figure he’ll stay up there. He’s got a decent little gauntlet ahead of him though.).. In the end, if Denard, Pryor, Mark, and Cam stay healthy for the rest of the season, I figure it’ll come down to rivalry week. Bama/Aub … Ohio State/Michigan.

    Wow. That’s pretty insane. All 5 heisman front runners have a player from a rival school in the list, didn’t realize that. 4 of the 5 from their school’s end-of-season game. Cool.

    Reply

    • Well I’ll reply more later but, yes, Cam is in front of Mark because Ingram has only played two games. Plus, Cam has like 68% of Auburn’s offense. That is the mark of a Heisman. I’ll take three touchdowns to one interception.

      Newton did struggle against Mississippi State, but it was his first start on the road in an SEC game and it was a raucous crowd. It’s really his past two performances that have gotten him some Heisman recognition.

      I do expect Ingram to move up in the following weeks.

      I’m sure this list will look quite different later in the season.

      Reply

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